Author: Elissa Reineck

Howard County Becomes a Bee City

On September 6, 2019, County Executive Calvin Ball announced Howard County’s participation in Bee City and launched a new pesticide initiative. Howard County’s Bee City-USA mission is to galvanize our communities to sustain pollinators, vital to our ecosystems and the future of our planet, by providing them with healthy habitat, rich in a variety of… Read more »

Farm Academy at HoCo Fair

Thank you to all of the visitors to the Farm Academy and Roving Radish table at the Howard County Fair. Farm Academy included a self-guided “passport” to help explore the agriculture buildings and also had guided tours. Hundreds of children from Recreation and Parks camps went on the tours and had a great time at… Read more »

Solar Power with No Roof Required

Do you want to make the switch to solar energy, but are not able to put it on your roof? Community solar may be for you. In fact, you no longer need to own your roof to access solar energy, you only need to pay your utilities through BGE or Pepco to be eligible. Consumers… Read more »

Sustainability Director Jim Caldwell Retires

In late 2006 the environmental community was pushing to elevate the environment inside Howard County government. A blue-ribbon panel was appointed and Jim Caldwell, former head of the Montgomery County’s Department of Environmental Protection was named head of the governance committee – which was charged with recommending how the government should organize its environmental work…. Read more »

GreenFest 2019

GreenFest Howard County

GreenFest is an annual Howard County tradition! It will be held at Howard Community College on Saturday, April 13th from 10-4. Visit for more details. Visit this free, fun and family-friendly event for: Tables with local green businesses and environmental non-profits Native plant sale Children’s activities Workshops and speakers Wildlife Room Paper Shredding –… Read more »

20 Minute Cleanup Starts April 1

Join in for the 10th annual 20 Minute Cleanup! Participating is easy – simply do quick and safe litter cleanup then email the results to Please include the number of people who participated and how many bags of trash/recycling that you collected. Pictures are encouraged! Facebook and Twitter can also be used to promote and… Read more »

We’re Still In

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced on February 26th, 2019 a series of commitments to lower greenhouse gas emissions and stem the causes of climate change. This includes signing on to the “We Are Still In” declaration – a promise to world leaders that Americans will not retreat from the global pact to reduce emissions…. Read more »

Help With Solar For Your Home

You can get help with adding solar power to your home from some local non-profit groups. Two of them have information sessions coming up in February 2018. These are great because many of your questions will be answered all in a no-pressure setting. If you cannot make it to the information sessions, you can still… Read more »

Another Successful Roving Radish Season

The Howard County’s Roving Radish promotes healthy eating habits while supporting local agriculture. Roving Radish staff and volunteers work with local farmers, plan healthy recipes, and assemble meal kits that are ready for sale. Meal kits contain as much locally and regionally grown food as possible. Proteins, vegetables and other ingredients are put together so… Read more »

Innovative EV-Readiness

Starting January 11, 2019, new home construction in Howard County will be required to be “EV-Ready,” meaning that it will include infrastructure for plug-in electric vehicles (EVs). Installing EV infrastructure during construction is much more cost-effective than adding it later, when new wiring is needed or the existing pavement might have to be dug up…. Read more »